Y‘KAI DOUCHŘKI
( Tales Of The Monster Path / Shadow Land)
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(c)1987 NAMCO LTD., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Release : 1988-2-5 (•4900)
HuCard (2 Mbits) NC62001
Action / platform game
Y‘KAI DOCHŘKI, also known as Shadow Land or Tales of the monster path, is probably the first game released by Namco for the PC Engine system and it is the conversion of their own arcade game released in 1987. You control a boy in a magical and spiritual japanese shinto world full of zombies and demons. The screen is split in two and the action mainly happen in the lower part, the upper part displaying energy bars and a map. Defeated creatures can drop useful objects and money. The latter can be spent in shops along the way (more powerful weapons or soup and rice to gain energy). Some characters will also want to play mini-games with you. Later in the game, some special areas will get the hero to meditate and attack using his ghost spirit.
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The original arcade game was released by Namco in 1987. It was also converted for the Famicom system in 1988. It is also interesting to know that a promotional Gold version of the PC Engine game ( Golden game case and HuCard ) also exists and was published in a incredible tinny amount of copies, extremely rare, and probably highly expensive nowadays.

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Y‘KAI DOCHŘKI is pretty average, but to be fair it is quite old now. This game can be still fun to play but unless you understand japanese, it can be frustating in later stages. There are combinations of objects to look for (like the purchase of specific key items) and sometimes you just have to be lucky to find the right one. It is also a shame that the screen got split in two, however the arcade game also used this feature so I guess they had to keep it for the convertion to be perfect. All in all, Y‘KAI DOCHŘKI is not bad, but it is just a little game, with a little price tag, which won't take much space in your collection.




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